Wu-Li-P'u Avant Garde

(November 16, 1991 - June 9, 2003)

"Pu" and his three sisters were born November 16, 1991, to Wu-Li-P'u Woolee's Sunset Dancer ("Mamu") at the home of Marilyn and Ron Oerkfitz in Illinois. As co-breeder and owner of the stud dog, Ch. Elsa's Noblesse Oblige Wu-Li-P'u ("Liege"), Barbara Samoore chose Pu as her pick puppy-back. She wanted this puppy to get lots of socialization and she decided to send this puppy to our home to be raised and socialized with the "popcorn ball" Bichons.

As a puppy with potential, Pu began his limited show career at the Land O' Lakes Kennel Club in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 7, 1992. In total he garnered 22 awards, including 2 single points and one four-point major with a Best of Breed placement over specials at the Greater Racine Kennel Club in Racine, Wisconsin on August 9, 1992. But while he tolerated the scrutiny of the conformation ring, he didn’t truly enjoy it, and he retired from showing mid-1994.

Pu was my constant companion. He moved with me from Wisconsin to New York with his Bichon puppy-baby Iffy, and became playmates with Asia, a Samoyed-mix. He made sure you wouldn't disregard him in such subtle and amusing ways as his contented snoring, his adorable "smoochel face", his bagel or cereal milk begging, or self-made games.

Pu's body left our lives suddenly and unexpectedly in the morning of Monday, June 9, 2003. He kept us awake by asking us to put him outside (he was too proud to make a mess in the house) for several hours of the very early morning with what we believed were simply his occasional minor tummy troubles. But early mid-morning he very quickly slipped away from what we would later find out was a ruptured mid-small intestinal mass.
Pu left this life as he would have wanted — at home in his sleeping place by my bedside. He spared himself examination by strangers and undoubtedly spared me of many difficult decisions. He was endearing and dignified and stubborn and intelligent and loyal. But most of all, he was a good dog. A good dog until the end. What more could we have asked.

We love and miss you, Pu Bear.

I would like to convey a personal and heartfelt thank you to: Barb, Bruce, Marilyn and Harriet for my the gift of my beautiful lion dog as well as Dr. Deb and the staff at Citywide, Dr. Kern and Dr. Yu-Speight and the staff at Cornell and Dr. Perry and the staff at Burrstone for their kind and professional treatment of my not-so-ideal patient.

Thank you to Michael for being there when I need you most. And thank you to all those helping me to grieve this terrible loss.

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Us Two

Wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
“Well that's very odd 'cos I was too.
“Let's go together,” says Pooh, says he.
“Let's go together,” says Pooh.

“What's twice eleven?” I said to Pooh,
(“Twice what?" said Pooh to Me.)
“I think it ought to be twenty-two.”
“Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
“It wasn't an easy sum to do,
But that's what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
“That's what it is,” said Pooh.

“Let's look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“Yes, let's,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few--
“Yes, these are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
“As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That's what they are,” said Pooh, said he.
“That's what they are,” said Pooh.

So wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn't for you,” and Pooh said: "True,
It isn't much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together,” says Pooh, says he.
“That's how it is,” says Pooh.

from A.A. Milne's Now We Are Six